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Carmen Jany, CSUSB professor of Spanish and linguistics, featured by Linguistic Society of America
Linguistic Society of America
Carmen Jany, was featured in the society’s Member Spotlight for the month of January. Jany is a professor of Spanish and linguistics at California State University, San Bernardino. She earned her Ph.D. in linguistics from UC Santa Barbara in 2007. In 2001, she received a doctorate in Spanish linguistics from the University of Zurich in Switzerland.
Jany oversees the California Indian Languages Program at CSUSB, acts as an associate editor for the International Journal of American Linguistics, serves on the Program Committee for SSILA, and chairs the LSA Committee on Endangered Languages and Their Preservation.
The LSA Member Spotlight highlights the interests and accomplishments of a different LSA member each month.
Read the feature online at “January 2020 Member Spotlight: Carmen Jany.”

CSUSB professor interviewed soon after Iranian missile strike at U.S. forces in Iraq
Press TV
Jan. 8, 2020
Not long after Iran launched missiles on Jan. 7 (U.S. time) at military installations in Iraq where American and Iraqi troops are based, the Iranian television network interviewed David Yaghoubian, CSUSB professor of history, for his perspective.
The segment was part of the network’s more than six hours of coverage of the funeral for Iran’s Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, who was killed on Jan. 3 in an American drone strike near the Baghdad airport. The missile strike was in retaliation for that attack, the Iranian government said.
Yaghoubian appears beginning at about 2 hours and 29 minutes into the coverage through about the 3 hour, 32 minute mark. He was asked for his initial reaction on the missile strike, and whether the U.S. and its allies were safer after Suleimani was killed. At the time Yaghoubian was interviewed, there was very little information on the damage and whether there were casualties. The audio also cut in and out for about 5 minutes during the first part of the interview. Among other related topics, he also discussed the lack of general awareness by most Americans about Suleimani prior to the attack, and the history of American military intervention and foreign policy in the Persian Gulf region.
Watch the online segment at “Live: Burial ceremony for Iran’s General Soleimani underway in his hometown Kerman.”

Article cites latest report by CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism
Chicago Sun-Times
Jan. 7, 2020
An opinion piece by Jacob Sullum that discussed whether the U.S. was experiencing widespread anti-Semitism included the latest hate crime report by a CSUSB center. The article focused on a comment by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose city has experienced a substantial increase in reports of anti-Semitic incidents.
According to Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, the 2019 total was the highest seen in New York City since the FBI began reporting hate crime data in 1992.
Read the complete article at “Are we experiencing a nationwide anti-Semitism crisis?

An article on bail reform and recent anti-Semitic attacks in NY cites CSUSB report on hate crimes
The New York Jewish Week
Jan. 8, 2020
An article about bail reform and anti-Semitic crimes in the state of New York included the latest report from CSUSB’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism.
The article said: “Between Dec. 13 and Dec. 20 there were 16 suspected anti-Semitic hate crimes committed in the city — an average of more than one per day, according to Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University in San Bernardino.
“New York City now has the highest level of anti-Semitic hate crimes going back to 1992, he noted, adding that through the third quarter of last year, 53 percent of the perpetrators were white and 42 percent were committed by blacks. But in the last quarter, the majority of the perpetrators were black and ‘we’re seeing more assaults and personal threats.’”
Read the complete article at “In wake of anti-Semitic attacks, new bail law seen as too lenient.”

Columnist refers to CSUSB study in his opinion piece about hate crimes increasing in the U.S.
News India Times
Jan. 7, 2020
Sujeet Rajan, executive editor of Parikh Worldwide Media, publisher of the Indian-American online newspaper, wrote about the current state of hate in the U.S. and included the latest report from the CSUSB Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism in his opinion piece.
Hate crime rose in the five largest cities in the U.S. in 2019, with Chicago, Los Angeles and New York setting new highs not seen since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The overall surge in hate crime comes at a time of demographic change and hyperpolarized politics in America, and follows a slight decline in bias incidents in 2018.
“These data reflect several trends, including an escalating tribalism, where various prejudices like anti-Semitism, xenophobia and homophobia, among others, are widely shared across a diverse grouping of people,” Brian Levin, the report’s lead author and director of the CSUSB center, said. “Next, local demographic changes in densely populated cities means more people are coming into contact with each other right at a time when fearful stereotypes are increasingly become the kindling for violent behavior.”

Read the complete article at “Not just war around the corner. America’s problem is also escalating hate crimes.”

CSUSB professor expresses elation over Ethiopian prime minister’s speech to his nation’s youth
Jan. 8, 2019
Alemayehu G. Mariam, CSUSB professor emeritus, political science, wrote Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed introducing his Prosperity Party to a gathering of youth.
“In my lifetime, I have never heard an Ethiopian leader teaching the youth to put peace above politics, humanity above ethnicity, civility above nationality, amity over animosity and prosperity above poverty,” he wrote.
Read the complete article at “PM Abiy Ahmed’s message to Ethiopia’s youth: Up from poverty with Prosperity Party!

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